Thursday, April 29, 2010

state of affairs

god i am tired.  i could take a nap right at my desk and if something interesting doesnt happen i just might.  something bit me on my wrist a week or so ago and it itched, got really red and sore but i thought it had healed.  now it looks like a festering crater that weeps.  i dont think it is a flesh eating bug.  so last night i took some antihistamines and knocked myself out.  i dont think i am still quite ready to be driving or operating machinery  but here i am at work. 

i am trying to formulate a plan for my winter training.  i really want to mix things up but mainly i want to be tested and i dont think training on my own all the time will achieve that.  then i have to fit it in around work,  location and hours of darkness v. light.  i am going to take a day out this week to chill and come up with a plan.  i think my first step along this track will be to swim with a masters group on monday. 

on wednesday i went to a swim workshop held through Recswim by Swimming WA.  it was at bold park in floreat.  a nice 50m heated outdoor pool.  the water had that slightly salt water taste which was great and it was the perfect temp.  the workshop started with a 45 minute talk from an excercise physiologist that was informative and interesting.  then we all got in the pool for some drill sessions and a critique of our stroke.  there were about 8 guys and 5 girls and on this occasion i was the stronger swimmer of the girls (and a couple of the guys) so that was a confidence booster.  i always get so nervous around swimming people because i do not come from a 'swimming background' and they can be just a little intimidating.  most of the drills i knew but it was good reminder that i need to get back to basics.  went through a stroke count series of drills and i use to do this all the time and huge reminder here to strip things back again.  i was a 39 but only managed 41 once and most times i was around 44-45.  so i have work to do.  the instructor is at a senior level within swimming wa and it was a great experience listening to her tips and instructions.  only thing she said to me was that i am coming out of my recovery within the stroke too early and losing power as i stop pushing the water past me too soon.   i think this is happening as i am trying to increase my stroke rate.  so i worked on touching my legs at the end of every stroke and really driving my stroke from the shoulder first with that nice rolling rotation feeling.  my arms are sore - especially the tuckshop lady arm part :).  triceps.  for $10 this workshop was excellent value.  when i left bold park i thought i was heading home but when the indiana teahouse at cottesloe flew past my window i realised i was heading south and not north !!!@!!!!!  and the ocean had moved to the wrong side of the road.  finally made it home around 9.30pm and the starving doggies were happy to see me.

thursday was my first night back at the pool.  i started with a 600m warm up - 200 free 200 pull and 200 backstroke (50 swim/50 kick).  then a pyramid swim of 100/150/200/250/300 10 sec RIB.  some kick drills 50 butt/50 back/50 free/50 lateral.  100 free.  final 100 free/100 breast/ 100 back/ 100 free/ 100 pull/100 breast.  i had cramping toes for the last 600 and was very annoying.  the swim felt good and i was in lane 3 in the middle of the pool so the squads didnt bug me either.  this guy turned up who use to swim quite awhile back.  i swear he spent most of the time hugging the pool wall and probably swam 100m the whole time i was completeing the pyramid section.  and he would do that typical guy thing and take off as i reached the end of the lane, sprint to the end to swim faster than me but then stop for a rest.  macho bullshit.  it was a nice 2.5k swim and again i focused on my recovery and rotation from the shoulder.  i can feel it in the arms again.  any night swim session that is restricted to one hour only i have decided will always aim for 2.5k and build from there.  i need goals.

i went for a job interview on wednesday.  between work and the workshop.  i had spoken to these people before but was offered this role and well that is history.  so the feedback was very positive and i am now just waiting.  waiting.  and waiting.  fingers crossed that i can make the great escape from this nightmare.

i swear if i sleep tonight and adam lamberts song continues to play in my head i will tell him what i want from him.  SHUT UP.  i like adam but enough is enough.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Please Explain

so triathlon season is over.  much sadness.  autumn is here and i will enjoy it for about a month and then be hanging for summer again.  this posting is all about wtf ? 

firstly i do not get folks who wear cycle gear that has names etc all over it.  if i am ever seen in gear like this then shoot me.  i am not sponsored by anyone so why wear stuff that looks like you are.  the gear is dorky without all the adverts.  yes - the nixs do make your bum look bigger but who cares when it is keeping your bum bones from pain.  fyi - i wear very plain 2xu gear.

my sister and i have been discussing the tv show hoarders.  i save all my powerade containers.  they are great containers - nice size and great screw tops and should be really useful.  i just dont know for what.  i know i am nowhere near the level of the folks on these shows but why am i saving something that was free ?  any suggestions for use welcome.

this is huge and very sad.  powderfinger are breaking up.  this is up there with the break up of cold chisel.  on a global scale it is the equivalent of the rollingstones breaking up.  the best pub band.  brilliant.  my (un)happiness.    my happiness - powderfinger

someone has to explain the bieber factor or what i first thought his name was - beaver lol.  WTF is with the hair.  he cannot sing and he is not that cute AT ALL.  so in view of the generation gap issue i went back and looked at some of the heartthrobs we went nuts over - well my sister did anyway.  i was into real rock :).  sadly it appears we also had bad taste.  you pick.

after the last event i had a week off from running and biking but jumped into the pool for one very easy and relaxed swim.  following week i got back into the running (wow it felt easy), did a session on the trainer (cannot believe the sweat !) and rode 75k on sunday - nice ride.  i tested a new pool and had another easy swim on saturday.  i have to decide what training i will do over winter but the biggest issue i have is my new job.  after only five weeks it is very hard to admit that it was a bad decision.  but i am going to save that story for another posting.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hillarys TriSeries Sprint Triathlon Race Report

last event of the year and back at hillarys.  the location of my first ever triathlon which i revisited in February - see 2XU Womens Race Report.  previous results were -

feb 2009 - swim 17.10 bike 54.46 run 35.18 total 1.47.14 (good conditions)
feb 2010 - swim 17.36 bike 49.04 run 29.04 total 1.35.46 (blowing a hurricane)

i was tired and had struggled all week with a sore throat and body aches.  i actually thought about not doing it.  rested monday, swam tuesday (really, really hated it), ran 6k wednesday, nothing thursday (!!!), rested friday, swim 3k saturday (this felt okay).  the weather has changed and you could feel it in the air.  the forecast had been for rain during the week but a nice 28 for sunday.  and the wind was not going to be a factor.  had a nap saturday afternoon and tried to chill out. 

race morning was chilly.  i felt okay but not bounding out of my skin.  a nice quick 30 minute drive.  registered and finally the boys have given up the pretty pink race caps for the girls and we were not in the last wave.  chatted with everyone and caught up with silke.  she had gastro and didnt think she would make it.  i gave her some tablets and she said after the race that i saved her bacon.  i was still feeling lack lustre.  race declared a wetsuit swim. 

the water looked calm but was chilly.  the wind had picked up but nothing like last time.  i got my suit on okay.  had a decent warm up.  went off with the pack and got caught up and had to wait a bit for people to clear and then headed off to the side.  remember passing silke and then another arch enemy known as anna.  it was feeling good and it was a quick trip out.  landed on top of the buoy again and the swim to the next one had more swell.  i was passing people.  swim into shore was tougher and the sun was blinding but i sighted off the inner bouys and didnt go off course.  kept swimming till hands touched sand.  i knew it was a good swim.  with or without the wetsuit my breathing was relaxed and when that happens i swim well.  i get why people love to swim in the suits but for me the bonus was not having the breath knocked out of me by the cold.  i am pretty buoyant anyway and my kick is always at the surface.  raced up the sand dune and got the top and sleeves off okay.  at the bike the suit came straight down and over the feet so minimal (if any) time lost.  on the bike and my legs were tired.  i hate that - when it is right from the beginning.  it was windy and just a hard slog.  i watched silke chasing me the whole time and i knew she had gained a fraction.  i always have a better bike so i was dissappointed.  the run felt okay at the beginning and then got worse, then got better, then got worse and i came home strong for the last 300 metres.  silke had passed me.  she is so competitive and i knew she was busting to beat me.  i set my watch for the run and knew that it was a good time.  it may not have felt like it.  overall a good last effort with a tired bod.  i am totally stoked with the swim.  after my first triathlon swim here (horror panic) and then spending the next twelve months working out why my open water swimming sucked.  to come home with this swim and know that it was a quality repeat gives me the confidence to now know that i can do it WELL and swim FAST in open water. 

result - swim 14.46 bike 47.35 run 27.45 time 1.30.08
whoo hoo all you nay sayers
bring on 2010/2011

Friday, April 9, 2010

karcher the whole world

what a busy easter.  trying to recover from point walter and the stress of starting a new job.  i have come to the conclusion that i need a break from either training or racing.  probably the racing.  it has been an action packed summer and i will see how i feel after the last event this sunday.  easter went like this -

working week - swam 5k (2 sessions), ran 6k.
good friday - bike 40k.  iron clothes (forgot i had some stuff) while watching tv.
saturday - local pool shut.  went to races and watched my brothers horse run second.  won $6.20. spent $17.50 on one beer and a steak burger.  WTF ?  have to pay my wage i guess :).  ran 6k.
sunday - felt like crap so decided to swap this for mondays rest day.  this is the day i discovered the karcher.
easter monday - bike 60k.  i love my karcher.

easter eggs consumed - NIL. 

okay so they say that SAP is germany's revenge on the world (i actually like it) but if this is true then they make up for it with the karcher. everyone should own one.  my only regret is that i bought an entry level model and i want to upgrade straight away !.  the attachments are endless and i want them all.  i karchered the back patio, all the windows, the gutters and then the car.  if i could get the dogs to sit still i would have karchered them.  surely they must have an attachment for that ?  if you are wondering what i am talking about it is a water pressure cleaner and if you own a house this is the tool you cannot live without.  it can even be used to clean the bike (sir lancealot) but i prefer a more delicate method for that.

the wonder tool

so after the weekend of major house work (i am getting my motivation back for this activity) i have struggled in training this week.  hated my swim in tuesday, felt like i was gettting a head cold, ran on wednesday and my HR spiked straight away at 171.  6k time 35.29 with avg HR of 145. thursday i said fuck it  no swim and cooked chilli, lime and coriander prawns (mmmm) and watched some mindless tv.  tomorrow i am looking forward to my saturday swim and then i will get organised for the last event.  bit nervous about using my wetsuit but if i focus on a good solid effort and it is all about the training then i will be okay.